The Paris Agreement in action: upscaling forest and landscape restoration to achieve nationally determined contributions

Forest and landscape restoration (FLR) can make a decisive contribution to the achievement of nationally determined contributions (NDCs), since FLR measures often combine mitigation and adaptation approaches. The project focuses on three regions with considerable potential for expanding forest stocks and improving their ecosystem services. The aim is to support partner countries in honouring their commitments made under the Paris Agreement. To achieve this, the project is funding regional platforms for knowledge transfer, capacity-building, mobilising innovative financing and FLR monitoring. The project is also supporting the implementation of existing national FLR action plans and their monitoring.

Project data

Ethiopia, Fiji, Lebanon, Morocco, Niger, Philippines
IKI funding
4,794,854.00 €
12/2018 till 12/2023
Implementing organisation
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Political Partner
  • Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission of the FAO
  • Carood Watershed Model Forest (Bohol Island) - Phillipines
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines
  • Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) - Ethiopia
  • High Commissary for Water, Forest and the Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLD) - Morocco
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Lebanon
  • Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development - Morocco
  • Ministry of Fisheries and Forests (MFF) - Fiji
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
  • The African Union Commission through its Africa Special Hub for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI)
  • The Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions-Silva Mediterranea - Lebanon
  • Water and Forest Department of the Ministry of Environment, Urban Sanitation and Sustainable Development (DGEF-MESUDD) - Niger
Implementing Partner
  • High Commissary for Water, Forest and the Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLD) - Morocco
  • Jouzour Loubnan - Lebanon
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC) – Ethiopia*
  • Niger National Agency for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative
  • Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC)
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

State of implementation/results

  • The regional capacity-building workshop on carbon benefits of forest and landscape restoration and contribution to NDCs in the Mediterranean region took place in Montpellier, France, from 16 to 20 May 2022, co-organized by EFIMED and GIP ECOFOR.
  • The Mediterranean forest pavilion at the World Forestry Congress (2 to 6 May 2022 – Seoul – Republic of Korea) was successfully organized in partnership with AIFM and the MMFN with more than 500 visitors during the four days of the conference in Seoul.
  • The seventh edition of the Mediterranean Forest Week has been organised in Antalya, Turkey (21 to 25 March 2022), with a focus on ‘Forest and ecosystem restoration for the next generations’.
  • The FAO Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM) websites, both French and English, were updated to provide information on IKI project actions in Fiji, Philippines, Morocco, Niger and Lebanon ( ;…).
  • Five inception workshops (Fiji, Niger, Lebanon, Morocco and Philippines) and four national capacity building events or technical days (Fiji, Niger, Morocco and Lebanon) were organised.
  • 1005 hectares are currently under restoration in Philippines on Bohol Island (400 hectares) and in Bataan region (605 hectares) with Assisted Natural Regeneration techniques and firebreaks.
  • Two communal Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) plans ongoing in Lebanon in two communes of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve (Minicipality of Tannourine) and Bekaa Valley with 1500 hectares under grazing management plans.
  • 400 hectares are currently under restoration in Fiji on Yasawas and Mamanucas Islands (with a first round of 114 hectares already achieved on the multiple islands). Income generations initiatives are ongoing with distributions of seedlings to local stakeholders and materials to beekeepers.
  • 500 hectares are currently under restoration in Niger with 105 hectares already achieved during the reporting period and with nine small grants (for a total amount of 75000 USD) provided to groups/cooperatives within the targeted communes.
  • 3423 hectares are currently under restoration in Morocco in the Maamora forest and additional sites are currently under identification around Ifrane National Park. The new management plan of the Maamora forest is adopted and will be implemented with both IKI funds and domestic resources.
  • Four national policy frameworks and work plans ongoing in Fiji, Lebanon, Morocco and Niger.
  • The workshop on green/climate finance in the Pacific (7 to 11 December 2020) was organized as a hybrid capacity-building workshop with both face-to-face sessions at national level and online/virtual sessions.
  • An interactive map was created and is now available on the FLRM website. It displays specific project information with links to online project pages.
  • Multiple articles on national work packages/regional achievements were prepared and published both in French and in English within the FLRM Newsletters.
  • A communications network was established with the communications officers of Fiji, Morocco, Niger, Lebanon and the Philippines to strengthen the communications efforts.
  • A French version of the FLRM website was officially launched in May 2020. This French website allows francophone partners (particularly partners in Niger, Morocco and Lebanon) to easily access the work plans funded by BMUV/IKI.
  • The project team has been very active in supporting BMUV/IKI partners to propose side events, articles and posters for the upcoming XV World Forestry Congress, a key global event for all forestry practitioners. All proposed abstracts have been approved by reviewers for the Pacific region in November 2020. Three abstracts for articles have been approved by reviewers for the Mediterranean in November 2020. Two abstracts for articles related to the Moringa Value chain study and the implementation of Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) plans through the communal level in Niger have been approved by reviewers in November 2020.
  • During the event “Tackling the climate emergency through nature-based solution: the role urban/periurban forests, restoration and REDD+”, held at UNFCCC COP 25 in Madrid (Spain), the Mediterranean outputs of the project and key results so far were presented.
  • The article “Making green and climate finance accessible in the Mediterranean region” on the regional capacity building workshop held with BMUV/IKI support in Barcelona (Spain) in November 2019 is available on the IKI website.
  • Regional workshops reports/proceedings, key recommendations and website links are sent regularly to BMUV/IKI on events organised.
  • A communication plan was prepared by the project team to ensure relevant visibility of BMUV/IKI on the existing communications channels (websites, newsletters, leaflets, etc.) and to allow the exchange of information with the IKI communications team.

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